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NYU Libraries Present the Multimedia Exhibition *This Is Not A Drill* Sept. 20-Dec. 1, 2023

by NYU Libraries Communications on 2023-09-28T17:20:00-04:00 | 0 Comments


Three long red banners pinned to on a wall high above book shelves. Top banner reads " "*THIS IS", middles: "NOT", bottom banner "A DRILL*".

*This Is Not A Drill* signage. ©Olivo: Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau.


NYU Libraries is pleased to announce the 2023 *This Is Not A Drill* exhibition as part of the *This Is Not A Drill* program at New York University, a project of the Future Imagination Fund that was founded by Mona Sloane. Captured by NYUNews, the program fosters creative, critical thinking around the intractable social problems that are entangled with the rise of technology and the climate emergency. In its second installation at NYU Libraries, the first mounting was installed in the Bobst Gallery, whereas the 2023 installation is located in multiple spaces along the the 8th floor of Bobst library. 

The 2023 *This Is Not A Drill* exhibition shows new pieces by the faculty, student, and community fellows Amanda Belantara, David Brooks, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, andrea haenggi, Briana Jones and Lily Yu, Mary Mark and Dror Margalit, Benedetta Piantella, Yeseul Song, Ana Anu, and Jake Zalav and Cate Byrne. The twelve fellows and ten artworks are meant to engage with the movements, sounds, and activities that take place on the 8th floor of the library, in spaces where reading, studying, and deep contemplation ensue. 

Screenshot of This Is Not a Drill video; click to playThis year’s exhibition incorporated similar techniques as that of last year, including the curation of technology into each piece, considering the common thread between the digital environment and our quest for sustainability, prompting us to ask ourselves, “in what ways is the rise of technology entangled with the rise of inequality and climate harm?” Where technology persists, each piece thereby has an interactive element, inviting users to add themselves to the artistic palate, cultivating a participatory art experience, which is an integral node to teaching and learning. In the same way users are meant to muddle through call numbers to pull their own books off the shelves, they are meant to touch, listen, and contribute to the pieces in this exhibition. Curators and librarians included an accompanying exhibition catalog, accessible audio to overview the catalog pieces, accessible audio for the wall text via QR codes, and ensured that all pieces were at eye level and arms reach to encourage engagement.

We invite all users—our students, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members—to view the individual pieces online via our 2023 exhibition catalog held on NYUs’ Manifold or to visit the exhibition in person in Bobst Library, 8th Floor North Reading Room. To view the exhibition, interested parties (who are not current NYU students, faculty, or employees) should contact with at least two business days advance notice to view the pieces. 

Fellows’ names and titles of their pieces

The 2023 *This Is Not A Drill* exhibition was curated by Mona Sloane, Director of the *This Is Not A Drill* program, Roxane Pickens, Head of External Engagement and Community Engagement Librarian, and Elizabeth Verelli, Associate Director of Engagement. It is sponsored by the Tisch Future Imaginations Fund, Ford Foundation, and the Division of Libraries.

This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Ford Foundation; NYU Libraries Endpoint Computing Services (Oscar Yong, Sharlene Escaro, and AJ Queeley); Installer, Nancy Hwang; NYU Libraries Facilities (Shawn Jacobus and Maureen Fitzgerald);  NYU Libraries Accessibility Librarian, Lauren Kehoe; NYU Libraries External Engagement (Courtney Nelson, Gabrielle Randall, Laurie Murphy); NYU-TV; NYU Libraries Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz; and finally, Dean of Libraries, Austin Booth.

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